The biologically appropriate or species diet for our companion animals’ ancestors included meat, bones, offal, and some vegetables and fruits. We know that meat provides protein for growth and maintenance. Raw meaty bones (RMB) must also be supplied for carnivores. Bones provide a wide variety of complex nutrients, the most important being a perfect balance of easily digestible calcium and phosphorous. (By the way, never feed cooked bones, as they are brittle and unsafe.) Three Cheers (TC) is prepared from fresh human grade, raw meat and bone. We use naturally raised sources whenever possible, in order to avoid excessive hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide residues. TC, unlike dry kibble, contains all the enzymes and probiotics in their natural, unadulterated forms. Kibble has been heated and processed to temperatures that destroy all enzymes and beneficial bacteria.
Vegetables and fruits were mentioned in the previous paragraph as a part of the raw diet. They provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Dogs, who are scavengers, especially benefit from the regular addition of small amounts of veggies to their diet. Cats, who are obligate carnivores, need considerably less or none. Neither dogs, nor cats have the ability to assimilate vegetables unless the cellulose wall in plant matter has been crushed or pureed. All vegetables and fruits in our mixes are finely ground. TC Raw Slaw is a fragrant, mixture of several vegetables and apples with a touch of organic apple cider vinegar and virgin olive oil. This mix and our other mixes can save pet caregivers lots of time and money—no frequent trips to stock up on out of season veggies, no sloppy kitchen messes of bloody meats and veggie splatters, or expensive purchases of juicers and food processors.
The best raw diets are prepared from a variety of meat sources. Many new raw feeders make the mistake of picking up the easiest and cheapest protein source (usually chicken), and feeding it over and over. While this may be better than feeding kibble, it is not the correct method of feeding the raw diet. The diet must be balanced over a period of time. Nutrients are supplied from natures diverse food sources. For example, for a couple of meals during the week, one protein may be served as a raw, meaty bone (RMB), but later on in the week, there might be a mixture of vegetables and another different protein source, perhaps with some added organ meat. Thus, the meals over the period of the week, will have had all the nutrients that the animal needed, even though each individual meal was not completely balanced. Often, pet guardians hesitate to feed raw, thinking that it is too complex. But if you can feed yourself and your family, you can certainly feed your pet! TC helps to make raw feeding a “no brainer.” Just pick up a frozen container of one of our beef, chicken, turkey, pork, rabbit, lamb, or tripe, thaw, and you’re ready to go. All these different recipes ensure that your pets will receive all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids they need.
Organs, such as heart, liver, and kidney, are legendary as superior sources of nutrients. All the TC meat mixes contain organ meats, which are another vital part of the evolutionary diet. Indeed, the feline raw diet may contain up to 30% organ meat. Our feline diet mixes contain also contain a higher ratio of hearts, for a perfect source of taurine, which is essential for cardiac health in cats.
By studying the anatomy of our pets we find that they are carnivores or flesh-eating animals. Their teeth are designed for tearing into flesh and bone, not for masticating grains, such as found in kibble. The canine and feline digestive systems are short and very acidic. The dangers of bacteria in uncooked food do not apply to carnivores. Your dog may even prefer the most “off” carrion he can find, and chances are he will eat it with gusto and no stomach upsets! Though our companion animals may not look like the wolf, their digestive organs have not changed. Remember, evolutionary changes take thousands of years. Kibble has been in existence for only 60-70 years, and it began as a way to make profits on grain waste by-products, not as a diet for maintaining health in pets.